13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Aunt Peg's next letter discuss?

2. What is Richard's job at Harrods?

3. What does Ginny follow?

4. What does the show seem like to Ginny?

5. What does Alice give Ginny when Ginny arrives at the 4th Noodle Penthouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

2. What does Peg tell Ginny as far as traveling is concerned?

3. What happens when Keith makes a romantic overture to Ginny?

4. What does Ginny think of the streets in Rome and how does she find the metro station?

5. Who is Keith's roommate?

6. Where does Ginny go at the Coliseum, what does she do and what does the letter she opens there say?

7. How does Ginny decide to get the money to the artist?

8. How does Ginny and Keith get David in the car when he is drunk?

9. How does Ginny meet Keith and what does he tell her?

10. What does Ginny ask Beppe when they arrive at his apartment and what does he do there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ginny decides to buy all the tickets to the show in order to donate the money to the producer. She then realizes the flaw in her plan. Though she'd bought out all the tickets, she effectively ensured that no one else would see him perform. The next morning Ginny finds herself evaluating the choices she made where clothing and footwear is concerned. She is sorry that she ever read the guidebooks that recommended white sneakers. She not only didn't blend in the way she generally preferred to, but actually stood out. Ginny realizes that this is likely one of the reasons Aunt Peg instructed her to avoid the guidebooks entirely. Frankly, she felt like a freak.

1. Discuss the ways in which Ginny both harmed and helped Keith by buying all the tickets. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Ginny seems to have made a couple of bad choices in clothing and in giving away the money from her aunt. If Ginny was her friend what would you advise her? Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Thinking over a day in school, without names, discuss a student in your school who you thinks is like Ginny, shy and trying to blend in all the time. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Maureen Johnson.

2. What in Johnson's background may have helped him in writing "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Ginny always felt as though she was more interesting around her Aunt Peg. She was rather shy and tried hard to blend in wherever possible, which was almost impossible with a thirty pound green and purple backpack. It is a June afternoon when Ginny arrived at the 4th Noodle Penthouse to pick up the package left to her by Aunt Peg. The smell is immediately familiar and she half expects Peg to come in any second, but of course that is impossible. She can't believe her Aunt is actually gone. Her visits to Peg had been infrequent, but magical. Peg had always been flighty, so when her phone stopped working, no one panicked.

1. Discuss, in detail, why you think Ginny always felt more interesting around her aunt. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in detail, ways in which you think Ginny could overcome her shyness. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Discuss what you think Ginny might be feeling and thinking when she enters the penthouse. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

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